Home / A Bridge in the Air Made by the Smoke of Burning Feathers: A Talk by Ariel Bustamante, Chilean Sound Artist
March 16, 2023 5:00 PM to 7:00 PMUptown Campus
This talk centers on two collective sound art practices of which Ariel Bustamante is a part of in Karukinka (Tierra del Fuego, Chile) and the Collasuyo, the shared desert of Bolivia and Chile. Over years of collaboration with members of the Uru-Chipayan nation in the Collasuyo and members of the Selk'nam nation from the far southern lands of South America, they have developed a creative practice around different spiritual technologies to affiliate with the non-human, including wind-people and peatlands.
By singing to land, 'raising' smoke, and defining ethical ways for audio file distribution, Bustamante will present the creative processes they have used to mobilize sound in different art contexts to problematize issues of migration, sovereignty, ecology, and custodianship.
Ariel Bustamante is a sound artist living and working in La Paz, Bolivia. He is a member of the Laboratory of Ontological Multispecies Research at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in the city of La Paz. His works and collaborations have been presented at the Venice Biennale (Italy), SAVVY Contemporary (Germany), Het Nieuwe Instituut (Netherlands), International Festival of Electronic Arts and Video (Mexico), Liquid Architecture (Australia), The New Museum (USA), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Chile), Gessnerallee (Switzerland) and Centro de la Revolución Cultural (Bolivia).
Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Newcomb Department of Music, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Tulane University.
Photo of Ariel Bustamante